Birmingham Tree People

what do tree wardens do?


Gather Information

In Birmingham we will be using iTree software to record every tree in every park in the city. This is a big task!
Tree Wardens will be able to spot pests and diseases on trees in their local park and alert the Tree Officers.
They will also be able to spot planning breaches and let Tree Officers know.


Tree Wardens will link in with local councillors over issues affecting trees in their wards.
They will also be able to support land owners over the trees on their land.

Practical Projects

Tree wardens also organise tree activities in their local parks. These could be :

  • Tree planting

  • Aftercare
  • Pruning
  • Mulching
  • Link with local nurseries
  • Tree identification walks
  • Tree Dressing
  • Art and craft activities

our history

Tree Wardens are volunteers, appointed by parish councils or other community organisations, who gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects related to the trees and woods.

what are tree wardens?

The Tree Council was founded in 1974, with government backing, as the umbrella body for UK organisations involved in tree planting, care and conservation. The idea was to keep up the momentum of National Tree Planting Year 1973 (with its slogan of “Plant a Tree in ‘73”). Today The Tree Council’s members range from professional non-governmental specialist and trade organisations, including other conservation charities, to local authorities and government bodies.

One of The Tree Council’s first actions (in 1975) was to organise National Tree Week and since then members of the royal family, including The Queen and Queen Mother, every Prime Minister at Chequers, and many more public figures have planted trees on behalf of The Tree Council as part of the winter planting festival. National Tree Weekhas become the UK’s largest annual celebration of trees and woods. More recently we have introduced other annual initiatives such as the Tree Care Campaign, Walk In The Woods month and Seed Gathering Season and further developed our work with our member organisations encouraging networking and collaboration.

The Tree Council became a registered charity in 1978.

The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods. The scheme was founded and is co-ordinated by The Tree Council.

Birmingham Tree People was set up as part of the Tree Council's Tree Warden Scheme by Birmingham City Council's Tree Officers in 2016.